Happy 7th Birthday Bugaboo

The online digital art store Bugaboo is turning 7 and is having a week long challenge event to celebrate.  I first met this group last year while working with Cupcake Inspirations.  Quickly, they became one of my favorite online digi providers (mainly because they have a series of snarky wise cracking woman digis that make me laugh out loud).

Seven years for any group is a huge deal, let alone an online crafting company, so I thought it was worth celebrating for them.  They put out seven challenges over seven days, and I jbb-day-1-photo-challengeumped on board.

Day 1 (which started on Saturday) was an inspiration photo day.  I just love that little cake and thought it was a perfect image to launchek-gorman-bugbd1 their birthday celebration.  I printed out their digi Turtle Trio Bithday and started coloring it in with my copics.  I tried to use colors that matched up with the inspiration photo (except all that lovely turtle green).  I pulled out a sentiment stamp from Craftin Desert Divas and stamped out a birthday greeting in cobalt Archival ink.  I trimmed up the image and backed it up with some teal card stock.  I think at this point we all know I am not really known for making decent birthday cards, but this one might be an exception.  I think this one actually was pretty cool.

bb-day-2-sketch-challengeDay 2 of the celebration (Sunday) brought out a sketch challenge.  I pulled out last weeks Freebie Friday, Seahorse, and flipped the image on my computer.  I printed out the image and set about ek-gorman-bugbd2coloring it.

I colored in the image and fussy cute it out (I really do hate fussy cutting).  I pulled out some sand looking printed paper and two cool looking blue papers and trimmed them up so they would fit the rectangles in the sketch.  I then pulled a really cool scrape of metallic blue card stock and die cut it with a Little B die set.  I started assembling everything, and trimmed up some of the sand looking paper into a banner.  I stamped a birthday sentiment from a Fiskars stamp set.  I grabbed some dimensional stickers and adhered the sea horse, so he could pop off the page.

bb-day-3-color-challengeDay 3 of the days of challenge (Monday) was a color challenge.  I pulled up on my computer Dolphin Duo and printed it out.

I snagged my copics and went to town coloring the image.  I tried to ek-gorman-bugbd3keep my pale teals really pale, but I feel I may have gotten a little heavy handed with it.  I trimmed the card stock and backed it with some pretty dark and pale brown wood grained printed paper.  I adhered everything down to an A2 card and added a bit of a birthday sentiment under the image.  In hindsight, I wished I had added the sentiment to the bottom of the card and taken it further away from the image.  Next time, I guess.

bb-day-4-bingo-challengeDay four, (Tuesday) was a time for a bingo challenge.  I knew I needed a little break from the underwater theme, just cause I needed a little bit of snark and sass.  I pulled out one of the new digis, JJ Coffee.  I decided to follow the middle path of the bingo card, featuring ribbon, bugaboo image and blues.ek-gorman-bugbd4

I printed out the image and started coloring it in with a wide variety of blue trios.  Yes, I probably should have given JJ some blue highlights, I just couldn’t do it.  I then pulled out a Funny Bones sentiment and stamped it into the blank area of the image.  Then I added a simple happy birthday sentiment to the top of the card stock.  I pulled out some pretty and witty blue printed paper and adhered it to an A2 card.  I then pulled two different ribbons from my stash and adhered both of them to the bottom of the focal image.  Finally I pulled some sequins out, and added them with a bit of glossy accents.

bb-day-5-funny-challengeDay five of the challenge (Wednesday) was a theme day.  The theme of the day was a “funny” birthday.  Easy peasy.

I printed out the Seahorse digi again (this time leaving it face the intended way).  I colored it in using my copics.  I then pulled out ek-gorman-bugbd5some simple printed paper and adhered it to the A2 card.  I stamped some simple leaves hoping it looked like seaweed (it didn’t), and colored those leaves in with my spectrum Noir glitter pen.  I pulled out my favorite snarky birthday sentiment from Funny Bones and stamped it onto some white card stock.  This sentiment always makes me laugh.  I then took some pearls drops and put them onto the card trying to get them to look like bubbles (which it didn’t).   I know I keep it simple, but it looked good, I think.

bb-day-6-obg-kiddo-cardDay six of the birthday bash (Thursday) was another theme challenge.  This one was ‘make a card for a kiddo’.

Now at this point I have run out of fun underwater Bugaboo designs, and I just wasn’t feeling like repeating an image I had already done. ek-gorman-cb-bd-d6 So I pulled out an older (at least for me) digi called Teddy Bear Topper.  I love this digi.  I think it is so much fun and sweet and just scream ‘children’.  (my kids are all teddy bear kids).  So I colored up the image with my copics, making certain to have both a boy bear and a girl bear so that I can give the card to what ever gender I need to.  (Seriously, I love coloring this digi).  I fussy cut out the top of the image, and pulled some old alphabet block card stock and trimmed it up to fit an A2 card.  Then I pulled a scrape of white card stock out and (splicing several different stamp sets together) a sentiment.  I added some dimensional tape to the image and adhered it to the card.  I’m not certain at this moment if this works, but I really do like the fun feel to it.

bb-day-7-recipe-challengeDay seven and last day of the celebration (Friday) was a recipe challenge.  The recipe was as follows: create a project that uses 2 bows, 3 layers, and four pearls.  I have never done a recipe like this before, and it felt a little daunting (paper piecing is never my strong point).

Now I lucked out with this card, because the Freebie Friday feel on ek-gorman-ctb-bd-d7the last day of the challenge.  There was a great fish download, and boy was I excited about a new underwater image to color.  I printed out Make It Snappy Fish and went to town coloring it in with my copics.  I trimmed out the card and backed it with some white card stock.  Then I went digging in my paper collection and found a light blue dot page that on one side had a large dot print and on the other, a small one.  I pulled out a bit of orange dot paper and started trimming up all the papers.  I am pretty sure the paper piecing was a fail, but I had the intentions when I started.  I pulled a couple of little buttons out and tied some floss into bows through the buttons.  I adhered them with some glossy accents, and since I had the bottle out and unclogged, I went ahead and added glossy accents to the bubbles.  Finally, I pulled out some tiny pearls, and added four of them to the corners of the fishy image.  Not my favorite piece from the week, but one I am still proud of.

If that isn’t enough, I don’t know what is.  But I do want to say Happy, happy birthday to Bugaboo.  Here is hope for a healthy and happy next seven years.


  1. Wow, all of your entries are stunning! So glad you’ve been able to play in them all so far, look forward to seeing the rest! Tanks again for playing in our challenges at Catch The Bug, and good luck!

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  2. Wow, you made all 7 days of the celebration! Each entry is adorable and fabulous coloring of the Bugaboo images. Thanks so much for joining the Bugaboo Birthday Bash this week!


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